tv The Lead With Jake Tapper CNN November 16, 2015 1:00pm-2:01pm PST
hello everyone. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm jake tapper. live in paris, france, right near the place de la republique, this is "the lead." we are in a war that according to the -- murdered 129 people and wounded 350 others who were just out on a friday night having dinner, seeing a show, watching the game. and right now an urgent international search is underway for a possible eighth attacker, an eighth terrorist, the brother of one of the dead seven paris
terrorists. belgium born french citizen salah abdelsalam. isis has of course claimed responsibility for the atrocities committed here on friday. and according to cnn french affiliate bfm, six of the paris terrorists spent time in syria. six of the eight. two isis members are thought to have masterminded the terrorist attacks. they are believed to be in iraq or syria. we'll have more on them later. today in france president francois hollande said france must change its constitution to triegt to fight terrorism more effectively. and president obama at the g-20 summit in turkey called the paris attacks a sickening setback, but he insisted his military strategy to destroy isis is not changing. >> there had been a few who suggested that we should put
large numbers of u.s. troops on the ground. it is not just my view but the view of my closest military and civilian advisers that that would be a mistake. >> throughout his remarks, president obama stressed his belief that the united states cannot turn its back on syrian refugees even as more than a dozen states back in the united states slammed the door on that possibility today. all of this coming just hours after isis released a chilling new video warning washington, d.c., you're next. cnn senior international correspondent clarissa ward is also in paris. clarissa, police apparently let their man get away in the hours after the attack. now they have still not been able to detain salah abdelsalam. what do your sources tell you about what authorities think? do they think he's still in france? do they think he might have
slipped into pbelgium? where might he be? >> that's really the million dollar question, jake. it appears from the raids they don't necessarily know. what we do know is just a few hours after the attack french police did stop and question salah abdelsalam. they decided that there was nothing more to discuss and he was allowed to go on his way. he was believed to be driving towards the belgium border. and then of course this morning we saw that massive raid in a brussels suburb. seven people arrested in that raid. five of them subsequently released, including the brother of salah abdelsalam. also the brother of one of the bombers who blew himself up in the bataclan theater. he said that he knew nothing about these attacks, that he knew nothing about his brother who blew himself up's involvement and also new nothing about the whereabouts of salah abdelsalam who is now the
primary suspect as being possibly the eighth attacker. but the manhunt continues. and it's not limited to belgium. it's across france too, jake. >> clarissa, elite members of the french national guard, the preferential national police rather swarmed cities across the nation of france last night. they rounded up potential terror suspects. do we know right now if any of those operations were directly connected to friday easter ror attacks? and can we expect even more of these raids in the coming days and weeks? >> i think we can certainly expect, jake, to see more raids in the coming days and weeks. because while the primary focus might be currently on trying to find that eighth attack who are is still at large, there is a larger search going on here. a larger search to drill down on the network that must have existed to facilitate and help orchestrate attacks of this level. so french police went on more than 150 raids today. they arrested 23 people.
more than 100 people under house arrest. they found weapons including a rocket launcher. they found military clothing. and essentially they're really trying to canvass the entire country to make sure this doesn't happen again, to try to get a better concept of who this network is and how it was functioning. as president francois hollande said, it was executed here in france, but it was orchestrated elsewhere. a lot of doors to knock on, jake. >> clarissa, ward, thank you so much. cnn chief national security correspondent jim sciutto joins me now in the place de la republique, a massive makeshift memorial to the 129 victims. jim, do police have a working theory as to how the terrorists put this nefarious plan into place last friday? >> they do. sadly one of the headlines the terrorists put this plan into
place with people that the police were aware of, several of them were on police radar. that's one thing. two, that they used belgium as kind of a staging area for this taking advantage of belgium that has fewer counterterror resources than france does. but then also that the trail leads all the way back to syria and they have a good idea now of not just one but two masterminds of this attack, one of whom and this is significant, goes right up to close relationship with the isis leader abu bakr al baghdadi. this say french officials is one of the possible ring leaders of the paris attacks. heard saying in this terror video he enjoys spilling the blood of infidels. he is abdelhamid abaaoud a close leader of abu bakr al baghdadi. france's former top counterer
terror judge. >> this guy is actually very close to the chief, of baghdadi himself. for me, this huge attack has been issued or approved by abdelhamid abaaoud himself. >> now isis is threatening to bring bloodshed to the streets of the u.s. >> translator: i swear to god a similar day that france went through you will go through. i swear to god as we struck france and its stronghold, paris, we will strike america and its stronghold, washington. >> reporter: today cia director john brennan said the u.s. is taking the threats seriously. >> i would anticipate that this is not the only operation that isil has in the pipeline. and security intelligence services right now in europe and other places are working feverishly to see what else they can do in terms of uncovering it. >> reporter: as the u.s. and
europe prepare for more plots, france is now counting the missed signals for friday's deadly rampage. at least two of the attackers were known to french police, one for terror offensives, the other for being radicalized. six of the attackers are believed to have traveled to syria and return to europe. one crossed along with thousands of syrian refugees through a major migrant entry point in greece. in addition the suspected ring leader abaaoud seen on the right was directing an attack by these two isis fighters who were later killed in a shootout with belgium police in january. but french authorities say they are simply overwhelmed. today the list of suspected terrorists and others who've been radicalized in france has grown to some 11,000. >> we know that french citizen coming back from syria that might be a threat against french citizen.
we also know french citizen in france that have never been to syria or to iraq that might also be a threat against french citizen. >> reporter: there are now hard questions here in france about whether france's terror surveillance system is simply broken. you have these 11,000 names, jake. 5,000 suspected for terror connections. another 4,000 or so for radicalization. they have different levels of monitoring, but the fact is they can't monitor all these people. and you do have and this has become part of the presidential campaign because the person speaking right then is a conservative candidate for president who is talking about what is in effect preventive detention. that you should take some of these guys before they even commit terrorism. and i'll tell you in the last 24 hours you've had more than 100 raids. you now have 100 people under house arrest in france. they haven't committed terror offenses, but in light of the terror threat right now, that is very much -- and
across the globe. we have cnn counterterrorism analyst phil mudd, cnn national security analyst and former congressman mike rogers, former chairman of the house intelligence committee. and with me here in paris cnn terror analyst paul cruickshank. congressman, let me start with you. isis claims to have blown a russian passenger jet out of the sky, killed scores of innocent people in beirut with suicide bombs, and now this horrific massacre in paris. do three external operations in rapid succession represent a change in strategy for the terrorists? or is it just now they're capable of it? >> it's probably a little bit of both. operations all had a thread back to syria in some way.
so they planned an external operation from syria and made them happen in third countries, in egypt, in lebanon, now in france and paris. so that in and of itself is a change that they've been telling us they're going to engage in for some time. and if you remember, jake, the big fight between zawahiri, head of al qaeda and isis baghdadi was not about the brutality of their tactics. it was that baghdadi wanted to attack europe. he was very aggressive about wanting to get operations from syria into europe. they split over that because zawahiri wanted him to stay focused in syria. you're seeing the fruit of all of that planning, all of that training and lots of space to operate. as a matter of fact a state the size of indiana they have the option to plan these type of events, recruit, train and then now deploy operatives to these countries. that's a change that's concerning. >> phil, you used to be a top official of the cia.
cia director john brennan today with some very sobering words, basically the u.s. top spy that other isis plots are already in the works. how concerning an admission is this? >> you got to look at this as pretty high spectrum. the reasons are simple. look at a couple characteristics of groups you have to focus on. in nearly 15 years of post-9/11 plotting, we've seen plotting in africa, asia, middle east. characteristics here are unique. that's a group that's had time to plot. they've been in place now for a year, two years, three years. unrest started in syria in 2011. number two, leadership that has said it is their intent to attack overseas. number three, a leadership that's been successful as mike rogers said in egypt, lebanon, france. and the final and most disturbing point if you're looking at the united states is the numbers game. if you're talking about hundreds of people from canada and the united states traveling overseas to fight, you've got to assume that there are thousands left behind who are viewing this who are sympathetic who have not had the courage, the money, the intent to travel yet. and sitting in their room
tonight saying maybe i should do the same thing. there are a lot of characteristics for isis that put them on the top of the list, jake. >> paul cruickshank, a source close to the investigation told cnn that this man, abdelhamid abaaoud is the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks. you see him featured here in the isis magazine dabiq. what do we know about him? >> he's a very capable operational planner who is also thought to be behind that plot thwarted in belgium in january, a gunman similar plot to the one we saw play out in paris. he's a belgian mo ro can traveled to syria in 2013, moved up the isis hierarchy and has been playing this key operational role for them, the kind of sheik mohamed role good at persuading troops to launch attacks and training
organization and been a point communicating. the concern is he's plotting a string of attacks against france, against europe, jake. >> paul cruickshank, phil mudd, congressman, stick around. when we come back we have much more on this story. an increase in security in the united states as this brand new isis video threatens washington, d.c., by name law enforcement officials right now reacting to that specific threat. that story next. the possibility of a flare swas almost always on my mind. thinking about what to avoid,
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isis has in the pipeline. his comments came just as isis put out a chilling new video threatening to strike america and specifically mentioned the nation's capital, washington, d.c. but the feds are treating the claims as a scare tactic. that of course is not stopping law enforcement from closely monitoring potential threats to the united states. i want to bring in cnn's deborah feyerick. deborah, do headquarters police departments throughout the country see the isis threat as legitimate? >> well, you know, what they know is isis tends to put out these videos, sort of aspirational videos, but there's always the risk they could go from aspirational to operational. that's really what they're protecting against. so there is an increased awareness. it doesn't mean that the threat level has gone up. what it does mean is there's a hypersensitivity to anything that might appear out of the normal. in its latest video isis continues its threats against the west setting its sights
squarely on the united states. >> translator: we will strike america and its stronghold, washington. >> cia chief john brennan today warned the terror group now has a lethal external operations agenda. and what happened in paris will likely be attempted elsewhere. >> so i would anticipate that this is not the only operation that isil has in the pipeline. >> following the attacks in paris, police departments in several major cities across the united states have ramped up security. in washington, d.c., metropolitan transit police stepping up patrols on public transportation using bomb sniffing dogs and additional bag screening. in new york city 200 highly trained elite counterterror forces deployed to protect crowded places. a force that will ultimately total 500 tactical officers. >> the assignment for which you have volunteered, that assignment is now no more essential assignment in the world of policing. >> so-called soft target venues
are also increasing security. the nfl which already uses counterterror tactics like metal detectors and bag screening asked its members to further tighten its efforts. the cia director acknowledged isis has learned how to stay off the grid to help avoid detection. the attorney general said today these encrypted communications are a major concern. >> we are pursuing a number of options. we're in discussion with industry looking for ways in which they can lawfully provide us information while still preserving privacy. >> and the justice department estimates that there are about 250 people who have gone to syria andttempted to go to syria and iraq, some stopped before they were able to get there, others got there and killed. but they take the threat extr e extremeextrem extremely seriously. i spoke with an official with the port police in los angeles who told me they're actually looking to seeing who is getting on and off cruises. they're checking ships and they're boarding just to make sure that nobody is slipping in
intentionally to try to do any harm. finally, you know, i did speak to an nypd official and it was interesting. he said, you know, in israel they check bags going in. here in america we check bags going out. so whether there will be a change there that is something that is under consideration, jake. >> all right. deb, thank you so much. let's bring back our panel of experts to talk about this. with me in paris, cnn terrorism analyst paul cruickshank. we also have with us cnn national security commentator, former congressman mike rogers and cnn counterterrorism analyst phil mudd. phil, let me start with you. you heard from deb all the plans in new york city, all the plans in washington, d.c. to try to protect as many soft targets as possible, but the bottom line there are more -- far more soft targets in the united states than there can ever be law enforcement officers. >> you cannot control this.
despite the planning that went into event and scope of the operation with what we know to be eight attackers, eight terrorists, they went after targets that aren't iconic. that is targets you can't sit back and say we can secure those. i don't know how if you're in new york, washington, et cetera, you can sit back and say we can defend every cafe, every restaurant. it's simply not possible with the numbers we're dealing with here, jake. >> that's right. i visited four of those locations today and they're just, pardon the expression, run of the mill cafes and restaurants. nothing anybody had ever heard of. paul, cnn has counted more than 50 americans have been arrested since january charged with isis-related crimes, whether it's going there or aspiring to go there or helping the terrorist group in some way. do you expect more arrests? isis-related arrests in the united states tied to this increase terror threat? >> i think we could see more arrests because there's going to be some concern now that there could be copycat attacks by
people inspired by the isis ideology. of course it's -- to legally bound it by extremely powerful weapons. so that's a concern. also concern that isis increasingly getting into the international terrorism business. they got some capable operational planners, they've got all those westerners. don't think just about americans by the way when you think about the isis threat to the united states. think about canadians joining isis. and also think about europeans joining isis. more than 6,000 europeans traveling to syria and iraq to join jihadi groups. they can get back to the united states under the visa waiver program. that could be a vulnerability. >> mike rogers, congressman, terrorists clearly ran an operation with contacts in europe. several states back in the u.s. have stated they no longer want any syrian refugees, but there are clearly other ways as paul was just discussing for terrorists, for isis to get into the united states beyond embedding themselves with syrian refugees. >> right. syria refugees is clearly one way. as a matter of fact, isis
foreshadowed that they would in fact do that and of course did pull that off. secondly, you have terrorists that are here that are already in the united states. they need to either, a, be fully radicalized to the point of doing a terrorist act and those are much more difficult to catch. you also have a porous border in the south that we know other middle east countries have used to infiltrate people into the united states. all of those are real. and all of them are concerning to law enforcement. and it's just a big net to try to put around to catch that next big event. that's why aggressive intelligence is the one way we're going to stop these. >> paul cruickshank, congressman mike rogers, phil mudd, thanks to all of you. president obama defiant and a bit defensive today as he's asked over and over the question many americans are thinking. >> why can't we take out these --? >> president obama's response next. (vo) after 50 years of designing
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper reporting live from paris. you can see the scenes of grieving behind me at the place de la republique where so many parisians have come and others from outside paris to pay respects and grieve the 129 killed last friday. this is a nation still reeling in very real ways from friday's horrific islamist terrorist attacks. it's a nation still on edge with a possible eighth terrorist still on the loose. at the g-20 summit in turkey earlier today president obama vowed defeat and to destroy
isis. he called the group the face of evil. cameras captured mr. obama huddling on the sidelines earlier with russian president vladimir putin discussing we're told both countries' role in the anti-isis campaign. cnn senior white house correspondent jim acosta is traveling with the president. he filed this report. >> reporter: on the defensive but staying the course, president obama responded to the attacks in paris determined to keep and expand his plan to defeat isis. >> there will be an intensification of the strategy that we put forward, but the strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work. but as i said from the start, it's going to take time. >> reporter: the president responded to critics who insist he's not fighting hard enough to destroy the terrorist army, arguing those are proposing what he's already doing. >> folks want to pop off and have opinions about what they think they would do, present a
specific plan. >> reporter: but mr. obama brushed off calls to pour thousands of u.s. troops into iraq and syria saying that would only repeat past mistakes. the president was visibly annoyed that his strategy was even questioned. >> why can't we take out these -- >> well, jim, i just spend the last three questions answering that very question. we can retake territory. and as long as we leave our troops there, we can hold it. but that does not solve the underlying problem of eliminating the dynamics that are producing these kinds of violent extremist groups. >> reporter: the president also defended the assessment he made just days before the attacks in france that isis had been contained, maintaining the terrorist army has lost ground. he denied that he misjudged isis from the start, despite once describing the group as the jayvee team. >> there has been acute awareness on the part of my
administration from the start that they would have the capabilities to potentially strike the west. >> reporter: the president also weighed in on the discovery that at least one of the paris attackers had posed as a syrian refugee insisting that the u.s. should not keep out those trying to flee isis. >> many of these refugees are the victims of terrorism themselves. that's what they're fleeing. slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values. >> reporter: without mentioning his critics by name, mr. obama snapped at jeb bush and ted cruz who urged a focus on aiding christian migrants. >> when i hear folks say that, well, maybe we should just admit the christians but not the muslims, we don't have religious tests to our compassion. >> what's the most responsible way to do that? >> reporter: the president also noted marco rubio, another gop contender who's called for a halt of syrian migrants to the u.s. is the son of cuban refugees. >> when some of those folks themselves come from families
who benefitted from protection when they were fleeing political persecution, that's shameful. >> reporter: time and again the president promised the white house along with the u.s. intelligence community is working urgently to thwart every possible threat to the homeland. >> we'll do what's required to keep the american people safe. >> reporter: from the g-20 summit the president next heads to asia where his planned agenda will pull him away from the war on isis, even if that fight will likely overshadow the rest of his trip. jake. >> jim acosta, thank you so much. how worried are u.s. officials about this new isis threat to the united states? we'll ask the ranking member of the senate intelligence committee dianne feinstein, she's just been briefed. and she'll tell me what she knows next. hi i'm heather cox
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i'm jake tapper. and i'm live in paris. scrambling to protect the homeland from any possible attack from isis or any other terrorist group, joining me to talk about this risk is senator dianne feinstein, ranking democrat on the senate intelligence committee. senator, thanks so much for being with us as always. as you know isis today issued a threat to attack washington, d.c. you've just been briefed. is there a credible terror threat against the u.s. right now from isis? >> well, i believe it's as you said. there is a threat, and so threat levels go up. and everybody does the best they can to prepare. i think we're in a very difficult time because isis is not under control. and i think the three big events which have been pointed out on your show over and over again in a month whether it's beirut, whether it's the russian passenger liner, whether it's paris, indicates a scope and a
depth to the ability of isis to operate. so i don't think any of us can make light of it. but i think we have to be prepared. and i believe that's what's happening. i think far more important is how do we get the free democratic western world together to be able to work together to provide some element of safety to people and also to defeat what is the worst scourge i have seen in my political lifetime. >> i want to get to the syrian refugee question and dilemma in a second, but before i do i just want to ask you. are intelligence officials as far as you know picking up any chatter that might be concerning from sympathizers of isis and other terrorist groups within the united states? >> well, i haven't had a chance to discuss chatter with anybody today. the intelligence committee
tomorrow will be discussing this. and i will be sure to ask that question. >> were any of the eight terrorists as far as you know known to u.s. law enforcement or the national security apparatus in any way? >> well, i think the names are known. more than that i can't tell you. >> senator, we're going to have much more on this story in just a second, but i do want to ask about the fact that the governors from more than a dozen states in the united states have announced that they are refusing to accept any refugees from syria. there are some states that have said the opposite. they will accept them. but more than a dozen have said no. what is your take on that response? and are you confident that there are sufficient measures in place to screen these syrian refugees and make sure that no terrorists are embedded or smuggled amongst
the thousands of refugees who may resettle in the united states? >> well, we're going to be in the process of checking on the vetting and going through it from a to z to see that it is broad based and effective. california will not be one of those states, i believe. this, you know, comes at such a terrible time because you have people literally fleeing for their lives. and of course it's possible for somebody to intermingle with them that has really evil intent. and that's a terrible problem. but come winter to see children freezing in the snow i don't think that's what the western world wants either. so i would hope that governors would be very slow to make these statements. i don't think that befits our country very well. the president has said that he will take 10,000.
the president has said that our vetting will be full and comprehensive. and it's up to us on the legislative side to see that that in fact happens. >> senator dianne feinstein, ranking democrat on the senate intelligence committee, it's always a pleasure to have you on. thank you so much. >> thanks, jake. right. the list of states now refusing to admit syrian refugees for resettlement relocation is increasing by the hour as concern grows over any potential terrorists sneaking into the united states. plus, the sadness and fear so profoundly felt in this city. one man tells me he can't sleep. and every thought he has is about the attacks. that visit with the men and women of paris coming up. it's more than the cloud. it's security - and flexibility. it's where great ideas and vital data are stored.
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terrorist attacks here just on friday, just a few days ago. those attacks have ignited mourning here in france and a fire storm, a political one, in the united states over the plan by the obama administration to take in 10,000 syrian refugees by the end of next year. at least one of the terrorists that committed the atrocities here in france snuck into europe among the stream of refugees fleeing syria. and now governors from nearly 20 states in the united states are saying that they are not going to take them in, any of the refugees. i want to get right to cnn's chief political correspondent dana bash. dana, president obama speaking very forcefully about this earlier today saying turning away refugees would be a, quote, betrayal of american values. and he blasted senator ted cruz and former florida governor jeb bush for suggesting that christian refugees be a priority. >> he did.
specifically it was a pretty thinly veiled hit on ted cruz saying that, you know, people who are saying this should remember that some of their people from their family came into this country on precisely the same way, as political refugees. that as i was saying was a thinly veiled hit on ted cruz. i just sat down with ted cruz here on the campaign trail in south carolina and asked him to respond to that. >> what barack obama and hillary clinton are proposing is that we bring to this country tens of thousands of syrian muslim refugees. i have to say particularly in light of what happened in paris, that's nothing short of lunacy. >> what would have happened if your father was trying to get from cuba to the united states and the political leaders here said, nope, we don't think so because who knows maybe you could be somebody who could, you know, commit crimes against america? >> that's why it's important to define what it is we're fighting. if my father were part of a theocratic and political movement like radical islamism,
that promotes murdering anyone who doesn't share your extreme faith or forcibly converting them, then it would make perfect sense. >> and, jake, ted cruz also told me that this week he plans to introduce legislation that would ban muslim syrian refugees from coming into the united states. so as you can imagine he is applauding the move by governors across the country including in his home state today of texas saying that they would not let any refugees into their states. jake. >> dana, has there been a reaction today from the u.s. state department? >> there has. and their reaction is that they are going to go forward with these programs, go forward with allowing refugees from syria to come into the united states. they are going to do so at the state department insists with an eye towards security as they say they were already doing. so they say that this is still a go when it comes to the
president's policy of allowing refugees into this country, jake. >> dana bash on the campaign trail in charleston, south carolina, thanks so much. and you can catch dana's full interview with senator ted cruz tomorrow morning on "new day" live from paris at 6:00 a.m. eastern right here on cnn. three days after the terrorist attacks parisians are trying to get back to their lives. trying to get back to normal. but the bullet holes are still there, and they are a stark reminder of the horror of friday night. we went to see for ourselves. that story next. glad i could help you plan for your retirement. alright, kelly and promise me that you'll try that taco place on south street. and we have portfolio planning tools to help you manage your ira. yeah, you're old 401k give me your phone. the rollover consultants give you step-by-step help. no set-up fees. use your potion. sorry, not you. my pleasure. goodnight, tim.
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light as this community mourns. though it does remain defiant. it's the first weekday today that parisians return to school and to work. those iconic sidewalk cafes. earlier today we visited some of the sites of the horrific isis terrorist attacks to see the city in mourning after those terrorists took 129 lives. at first blush paris seemed to bustle today just like any other monday morning. but the very real fear, the horror, the terror, it lies right beneath the surface. in part because these isis terrorists struck at the most ordinary of locations. >> i was watching the news and they told me that it was like now my school and older. >> it started friday evening in the outskirts of the city with suicide bombers at the stade
de france. about five miles later about five miles away in this ordinary french neighborhood where parisians sitting outside enjoying a nice friday night dinner, a black car pulls up and two terrorists open fire killing 15 people in this outdoor bis o bistro, wounding countless others. a few minutes later just a few blocks away the terrorists again attacked killing five people who were just eating outside. if you look over there on the wall of this restaurant, you can see a picture of american college student nohemi gonzalez who was in paris on an overseas study program. she was 23 years old. near her picture you can also see bullet holes. this man stopped to show us how the terrorists sprayed bullets all over the neighborhood. bullet hole after bullet hole, a mark of indiscriminate evil sparing no one in intent
including this shop. our guide, a muslim french shopkeeper came from tunisia more than 40 years ago. these people are doing these horrible things in the name of your religion. what do you think of that? >> that's false he tells me. to kill an innocent in the name of islam, that's hell. you're going to hell. the sidewalks are marked by makeshift memorials, each one symbolizing heartbreaking loss. a 4 and a half-year-old girl left this note, i'm thinking of you it says. just steps away from where bodies fell stands a flower shop. it's doing business today. they come here to mourn. they come here to pray. they come here because they do not know what else to do. it must be very unsettling to have this happen right in front of your store. like you, he tells me, you almost have tears in your eyes. we are all like that. we are unable to sleep.
we are thinking only of this. we are talking only of this. the florist leaves us for a second then returns clutching a printout picture of gonzalez. i got this to show my which i shall, he says, to explain to them that anyone can be killed. she's just the age of my daughter. musician arrives pulling a piano by bicycle to try to inject some hope into the sadness. paris today trying to imagine a world where they feel safe again. as support for paris swells across the nation and across the world, you too can help. you can go to cnn.com/impact for more information on how you can aid the victims of the paris isis terrorist attacks. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. turning you over now to wolf blitzer in "the situation room."
happening now, breaking news. on alert just days after the slaughter in the heart of paris, isis now threatens attacks against the united states and vows to strike in washington, d.c., where police are now stepping up security. the cia director says the terror group likely has more attacks in the pipeline. mastermind, as police carry out dozens of raids across france and belgium where the attacks were apparently organized, we're learning the man suspected of planning the paris massacres may be in syria, a close associate of the isis leader. and slamming the door, republican presidential candidates called for blocking syrian refugees and more than a dozen governors now say their states won't accept them. president obama says